American journalist John Avalon
describes the mood of George Washington at close of his presidency and his reason for publishing "Farewell Address," a parting letter to the people. Relevant to society today, the letter identifies why he fears for national survival: hyper-partisanship. His two other concerns, divulged in the letter
, not the clip, are financial debt and foreign powers' meddling in U.S. elections—three threats, he foresees, to survival.